West Coast Swing, or Western Swing, quickly gained popularity across the U.S. because of its sophisticated style. It was also easily adaptated to contemporary rock music. A style popular on the West Coast of the U.S., the dance made a bid for national recognition in the late 50s and still grows in popularity in the 21st century.
West Coast Swing uses many forms of swing including the Lindy, Push, Shag and Whip. Versatile dancers eager to display their talent are constantly innovating new and interesting movements into swing.
After nearly fifty years, Western Swing has endured the test of time. As with the Eastern Swing, it is possible to dance in a relatively small area. The West Coast Swing is danced in place in a slot. It incorporates a slower tempo that allows for free rhythmic interpretations using single, double, triple and various other syncopated rhythms. A relaxed, sometimes shuffling movement, and upright position are characteristic. Occasionaly, the use of hip movements and or push style is also used to add to this style of the dance.